Kommetjie surfer in the lead

2017-03-28 06:03
Max Elkington from Kommetjie on his way to victory in the u.16 boys’ division of the Billabong junior series in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.

Max Elkington from Kommetjie on his way to victory in the u.16 boys’ division of the Billabong junior series in Port Elizabeth on Sunday. (BILLABONG/ MCGREG)

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Max Elkington (15) from Kommetjie continued his phenomenal winning streak by claiming his 15th national title for an age group event when he clinched the u.16 boys’ crown in the Billabong junior series presented by All Aboard Travel at Loch Ness in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.

The first of four surfing events that will crown champions in five age divisions for boys and girls for the 20th successive year in October, was held in good waves at the Pipe in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. Small waves and onshore winds saw organisers move to the open ocean “wild side” where the finals were completed in tricky head-high surf.

Elkington caught the best wave that came through in the final and belted a series of radical manoeuvres to register his sixth consecutive Billabong junior series event win, pocketing R1200. He also takes the early lead in the series rankings.

Fellow Kommetjie resident Eli Beukes hung onto second place ahead of Bryce du Preez and Dillon Hendriks who were third and fourth respectively.

In the u.16 girls’ division, Kayla Nogueira turned the tables onS’Nenhlanhla Makhubu (who won the series title last year) in a tightly fought duel. The winning points were scored on the last ride of the final.

Tayla de Coning and Zoe Steyn (Kalk Bay) were third and fourth.

The u.14 boys saw another tight affair when Daniel Emslie (up from the u.12 division last year) found the best backup wave after all four finalists registered one good ride each. Nate Spalding, Mitch du Preez and Travis Pearce came second, third and fourth.

Nogueira secured her second title at the event when she dominated the u.14 girls’ division, winning each heat, including the final. Lisa van Heerden (Strand) and Aimee du Preez (East London) came second and third.

Caroline Brown (Cape Town) incurred a priority interference penalty that saw her lose one of her two counting rides. She dropped from second to fourth place.

The newly introduced u.10 division was completed in tricky waves at the Pipe before the event was moved. This division was dominated by Sergio Nogueira. Davey Emslie, Michael Russel and Josh Malherbe finished second to fourth in the youngest division in the series.

Luke Slijpen (Llandudno) boasted the best aerial manoeuvre during the VonZipper Airshow and took home R2000 from the winner-takes-all 30-minute heat.

Emslie was awarded the Billabong Best Claim of the Contest and won a hamper of Billabong products.

For more information visit www.surfing­south­africa.­co.za.

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